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Elderly Woman Last Seen In Burlington County Six Weeks Ago

angelina-cocuzzaAngelina Cocuzza was last seen on January 18, 2013 at the Lumberton Independent Living Campus on Route 38 near Madison Avenue in Lumberton, NJ, where she was living at.

She does not drive and is dependant on others for transportation.

Loved ones are worried and told police that they believe she may have intended to harm herself. She suffers from depression and other medical conditions including Fibromyalgia, which family members say could place her in jeopardy.

The missing woman disappeared shortly before the upcoming snowstorm Northerner’s experienced.

Police issued a photo (above) which they warned was about fifteen years old.  They said she may have cut her hair short and dyed it a reddish tint prior to leaving the Campus.

Classified: Missing
Full name: Angelina J. Cocuzza
Nickname: Angel Caden
Missing Since: 01/16/13
Missing From:
Lumberton Township
Burlington County
New Jersey
Age Then: 61
Age Now: 61
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Brown (she is known for dying her hair with a reddish tint)
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 115
Other: She wears glasses, believed to be prescription

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Lumberton Township Police Department (609) 267-1111
And/Or
New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Missing Persons Unit (800) 709-7090
Case #: 2013-1009

Murder Victim Dubbed “Princess Jane Doe” Found In Blairstown Cemetary in the Summer of 1982

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These are three seperate composite sketches which were created by different artist to give an idea of what the unidentified Jane Doe may have looked like alive. Both sketches are an approximate description based on the deceased victim’s physical features and shouldn’t be used as the sole basis of identifying the victim.

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The identity of a young female discovered in Warren County, New Jersey on July 15, 1982 remains unknown over three decades later.

The unidentified female was given the name “Princess Jane Doe” after she was discovered in a wooded area in Blairstown Cemetary, Route 94, NJ. She had been beaten to death and medical examiners conclude her estimated time of death could have been up to several weeks prior to discovery. They also determined she wasn’t pregnant nor did she ever give birth. She had no drugs in her system at the time of her homicide.

The community was horrified that something like this could happen so close to home and saddened when nobody came forward to claim the body so they came together and raised the funds to give Princess Doe a proper burial and gravestone.

So many years have gone by and many believe Princess Doe wasn’t from the area due to the fact that nobody knows who she is. It’s possible she may even be from another Country which would explain why, despite thousands of people threw out the United States seeing her case, her identity remains a mystery. However, a witness did come forward saying she knew Princess Doe and that she lived in Long Island, NY and was estranged from her family.

Lt. Stephen Speirs of the Warren Co. Prosecutor’s Office has investigated Princess Doe’s case close for many years and had hoped to solve the mystery by July, 2007, which would have been the 25th anniversary of the discovery. But it’s now passing the 30th anniversary with just as many unanswered questions as there was 30 years ago.

Physical description: A young Caucasian female between 14-20 years of age with a thin frame. Eye color is unknown. When she was found she was wearing red nail polish on her right hand but no polish on her left, almost as if she started painting her nails but didn’t get to finish. Her left ear has two piercings, her right ear has an unknown amount of piercings.

Case Details:

Date Body Found: 07/15/82
Estimated Date of Death: 07/11/82
Estimated Age: 14 – 20 years (victim would be in her 40’s if she was still living today)

Hair: shoulder length brown hair

Weight: 90 – 100 pounds
Height: between 5’2” / 5’4”

Teeth: Lower anterior teeth are crowded (two of her front teeth were slightly darker than the rest of her teeth and her teeth also indicate she came from a middle-class background)

Clothing: A red V-neck pullover shirt with yellow piping on the front portion of the shoulder and blue and black piping around the neck, sleeves and waist. Victim was also wearing a red/white/blue print wrap-around skirt with a wide border print of peacocks on the lower portion.

Jewelry: A gold-colored chain with small white beads spaced evenly within the chain. Attached to the chain was a 14K gold cross with an ornate design.

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Photo provided by NJ State Website (link below)

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Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: The New Jersey State Police at 1-800-709-7090 or you can submit an online tip by e-mail missingp@gw.njsp.org

Source: NJ State Police Website & America’s Most Wanted

Online Fundraiser Set Up For Family Of Nick Cianciotto Who’s Body Was Recovered From Budd Lake Yesterday

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Photo of Nick Cianciotto the Mount Olive Highschool who drowned after falling through a sheet of ice on Budd Lake in Flander, NJ

Northern New Jersey residents, Melissa Phelam and Kim Maleyonok set up the fund campaign to help the parents of Nick Cianciotto with funeral expenses. They had set up the fund so that a check will be issued directly to Schimanski’s father, Clyde Schimanski Jr.

If you would like to donate to the family members, please click Memory of Nick Cianciotto to be directed to the campaign page, which will end on February 9, 2013

Maleyonok and Phelam had also set up a fund titled in Loving Memory of Clyde Schimanski, which reached it’s financial goal, so has since been shut down, with the website reading “as enough money has been collected to pay the funeral expenses of Clyde, we have shut down the page.”

According to NJ.COM, the fund was set-up Tuesday and by 8p.m. that night, had raised about $75. A little more than an hour later, it was up to nearly $750. By midnight, about $4,400 and continued to blossom.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski III

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski Jr, the father of Clyde Schimanski III, speaking to reporters hours before his missing son was found in Budd Lake

 

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UPDATE: 01/09/13 FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY — Photos of Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto released:

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Rescue workers located the body of Clyde Schimanski III (above) one day after locating the body of Nick Cianciotto (below.)

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Loved ones gathered at a local church where they were told the devastating news that both teenagers were recovered from Lake Budd.

‘I lost my son,’ Laurie Halloran, the mother of missing 15-year-old Clyde told the New York Daily News. ‘I feel numb.’

Family and friend’s also gathered at the lake to comfort each other and mourn the two losses.

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Friends and family gathered at Budd Lake (pictured) to comfort one another

Students at Mount Olive Highschool told CBS reporters that Nick Cianciotto had spoken about Ice fishing on Monday morning, hours before he tragically fell through the icy lake.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss,” Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a statement on Wed Jan 9, 2013.

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Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been regularly leaving updates regarding the tragedy and letting the families know that the whole town is grieving with them.

“I have condolences for the family that lost their child today,” Greenbaum said in a news conference earlier today. “The entire community grieves with them.”

01/08/13 UPDATE – MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — A body was located in Budd Lake earlier today, after hours of searching for two missing teens who fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Authorities haven’t publically identified which victim had been recovered and are waiting for a positive identification.

Meanwhile, the father of one of the victims, Clyde Schimanski, who shares the same name as his son Clyde Schimanski Jr, told Star-Ledger: ‘Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die. He died a horrible death.’ — He went on to say his son’s death was part of God’s plan. ‘God works in mysterious ways,’  he said.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski receiving a hug from a friend after body of one of the teenagers is recovered

The mother of Nick Cianciotto had said she told her son to “be care” as he headed out to Budd Lake

NJ Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been posted about the tragedy on Facebook, saying he believes the victims had gone to Budd Lake to ice-fish. He later posted an update warning the public that the chances of a successful recovery was unlikely.

‘Once again I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain.’ he said.

It appears everyone has the same assumption, with one online-user even creating a memorial page earlier today titled  In Memory Of Clyde Schimanski & Nick Cianciotto which has already gained 1,466 ‘likes’ to honor the two boys.

Comments and posts on Nick Cianciotto’s Facebook page show that he was a typical, outgoing teenager who enjoyed hanging out friends. It also listed the Mount Olive Highschool student as currently in a relationship.

The Facebook of Clyde Schimanski is set to private but shows the teen smiling in a photo with a woman standing besides him.

This photo showing lit candles was posted as the default photo on the memorial page

01/08/13 MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — Search for two missing Mount Olive teenagers who fell through an icy lake last night called off

Firefighters, police, and cold water divers continue to search Budd Lake for two missing teenagers who fell through thin ice while at Budd Lake in Northern New Jersey last night.

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Rescuers have been searching Budd Lake since last night after two missing Northern New Jersey teenagers fell through the ice

According to reports, Nick Ciancotto, 14 and Clyde Schimanski, 15, rode their bikes to Budd Lake early yesterday evening. At approximately 6:30pm the ice beneath Ciancotto started to crack and he shouted for help. Shimanski then rode his bike onto the ice to try to save his friend and after riding a good distance into the lake, the two fell through.

Witnesses heard frantic screams shouting “help me, don’t let me die!” — they rushed to the scene and noticed the two teen’s frantically struggling. One of the witnesses attempted to walk on the ice and save the boys but when he reached about 700ft he heard the ice beneath him starting to crack and rushed off.  The hysterical boys were pleading to the witnesses for help, saying they didn’t want to die and the witnesses were consoling them and let them know rescuers were on their way.

William Hardy, a 25-year-old local resident who lives in a house off the lake told Star-Ledger that he was out on his front porch with his house mate when he heard the panicked screams and immediately dialed 9-1-1, grabbed a flashlight and  rushed down to the lake where he spotted a blue light which quickly sank beneath the water. He believes it was a cellphone belonging to one of the victims.

First crew rescuers showed up and by this point, the teens were nowhere in sight. They’ve been searching the freezing lake since, breaking through over 100 feet of ice but have found no sign of the teenagers thus far and today authorities were treating the search as a recovery rather than a rescue.

Shortly after the incident, the Mayor of Mount Olive, Robert Greenbaum posted a statement on Facebook about the tragedy and saying that he believed the two teenagers, who were both students at Mount Olive High School, went to the lake to ice fish. He went on to say that “The lake is not guarded in any way.”

The father of Clyde Schimanski is holding out hope although he doesn’t believe the outcome will be successful.

‘It hurts my heart. Until they pull him out, I’ll…hold tight. I want to know they find him.‘ said Mr. Schimanski.

A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead shining lights into the dark waters of the lake before the search was eventually called off.